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British university clones human embryo

Wednesday August 31, 2005

A human embryo has been cloned for the first time by scientists at Newcastle University in the hope that stem cell research may lead to treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

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Parkinson’s breakthrough controversy

Wednesday August 31, 2005

A revolutionary treatment for Parkinson’s disease is causing controversy due to the use of animal testing in its development.

A chip implanted in the patient’s brain can be switched on and off via an external remote control.

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Human cloning debate re-ignited

Wednesday August 31, 2005

Britain’s leading academic institution is backing a campaign to stop the US banning on all forms of human cloning.

The Royal Society has joined 67 other national academies urging the UN to ban the cloning of babies while making no ruling on using the technology for medical research.

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Firefighter’s career not derailed by disease

Wednesday August 31, 2005

Michael J. Fox, Muhammad Ali, Janet Reno and Billy Graham. Tim Esparza is in good company. And just like them, he’s fighting back, determined that Parkinson’s disease won’t control his life.

Esparza was only 44 when realized something wasn’t quite right.
One leg was stiff and a little shaky. Every time he worked out, he became exhausted.

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Running for health counts a little more for Burien’s Lane

Wednesday August 31, 2005

Forest Lane runs for fun, and he runs to stay healthy.
But for Lane, running to stay healthy has a more significant meaning.

This Burien resident, whose favorite route starts in Issaquah where he works and winds into Lake Sammamish State Park, keeps logging the miles as part of his battle against the onset of Parkinson’s disease, with which he was diagnosed two years ago.
``Nobody has told me directly that (running) helps. But I’ve found it helpful, so I continue to do it,’’ said the 55-year-old Lane, who started running some 27 years ago.

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Ask the Experts about Parkinson’s Disease - A Panel Discussion

Tuesday August 30, 2005

Monday, September 26
12:00 to 2:30 pm

Location: Evergreen Hospital and Medical Center in the Education Classrooms (TAN Area)

Program is NOT at the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care center

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Rotenone study may lead to novel therapies for Parkinson’s disease

Monday August 29, 2005

Neuroscientists from the University at Buffalo have described for the first time how rotenone, an environmental toxin linked specifically to Parkinson’s disease, selectively destroys the neurons that produce dopamine, the neurotransmitter critical to body movement and muscle control.

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Parkinson’s drugs may cause sudden sleepiness

Monday August 29, 2005

Drugs called dopamine agonists, used to treat Parkinson’s disease, may trigger sudden uncontrollable somnolence in about one in five patients.

The side effect has been reported previously in people with Parkinson’s disease being treated with dopamine agonists, including Mirapex and Requip, "but controversy persists concerning their nature, severity, and frequency," according to a report in the Archives of Neurology.

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Coping and cookies

Monday August 29, 2005

Nearly two years ago the Barnabas Committee at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lena set out to find ways to better serve the community.

"One of the ladies on the committee has a son with Parkinson’s," says committee member and support group organizer Ellen Kyles. "She thought that we should start a support group.

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Second-opinion clinic brings Parkinson’s expert to area

Monday August 29, 2005

Vernon Hills first noticed something was amiss about four years ago when he had trouble walking on the grass.

It wasn’t until two years later that the Marshall man was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. While Hills, 81, doesn’t have the tremors commonly associated with the disease, he has trouble walking and a slower thought process.

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